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Hungarian GP Qualifying Review ‘Two by Two’

Two by two. 

With only the third race of the season, every fraction of a second is important, and with the Hungaroring being a short lap time, position is key. 

Q1

The first session brought all the drivers out early as rain was on the horizon. With scenes of Vettel wiping the moisture from his visor, could we see a couple of surprise eliminations. Fortunately the rain held off and gave us a great session, early on the usual crew set the times with Lewis Hamilton at the top, then the lap times started to tumble as the track came alive. Sergio Perez set the benchmark at a speedy 1.14.681, and nobody could beat it. His teammate Stroll sneaked in behind him to finish the session with Racing Point securing the top two positions. Williams have improved vastly with getting both their drivers into Q2, while Alfa Romeo are still trying to get into the groove.

Eliminated:

Magnusson

Kyvat

Grosjean

Giovinazzi

Raikkonen

 

 

Q2. 

Quick times were being set on the hard tyres, as the quickest lap from this session determines the race start tyres. Hamilton set a new track record at a blistering 1.14.261. Albon was having difficulty as they found an issue with the front wing, and Gasly still having engine troubles. After the usual break while they change tyres and refuel, all the cars fly out the garages ready to go again, Mercedes finishing the session in the top two spots, closely followed by Verstappen. Albon in the other Redbull didn’t make it though.

Eliminated:

Ricciardo

Russell

Albon

Ocon

Latifi

 

Q3. 

Only nine runners as Gasly made it though, but with his engine troubles, he sat this one out. All the cars went straight onto the soft tyres to go as fast as they can. Lap times keep tumbling as Hamilton sets an even quicker lap record. A few drops of rain are starting to fall but shouldn’t affect the running with only a few minutes to go as they fly out for the last time. Lewis Hamilton secures another pole position, closely followed by his teammate. Racing point surprise everyone by taking the next two spots.

Top ten:

Hamilton 1.13.447

Bottas

Stroll

Perez

Vettel

Leclerc

Verstappen

Norris

Sainz

Gasly

 

 

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